SOS Children's Village Aït Ourir lies at the foot of the Atlas mountains, around 40 km east of the city of Marrakesh on the road to Ouarzatate and was officially opened by Princess Lalla Hasna and Hermann Gmeiner on 30 March 1985.
The Village was built in a style that is typically Moroccan and consists of 14 family houses for a total of 140 children, a village director's house, an aunt's house and the administration and service buildings.
Two SOS Youth Facilities in Marrakesh and Mohammédia also form part of the SOS Children's Village: two flats with six dormitories, living/dining room, kitchen, office and sanitary facilities are available for the boys; girls are in a flat of their own with five dormitories. Since the beginning of 2005, young people in Aït Ourir have also had the opportunity to learn to be independent in an appropriate facility.
An SOS Kindergarten and an SOS Hermann Gmeiner School are also affiliated to the SOS Children's Village. The SOS Kindergarten has been in operation since 1985 and is attended by around 100 children (also from areas nearby), who are cared for in four group rooms. A large multipurpose hall is available for them.
The SOS Hermann Gmeiner School was opened in September 1999 and consists of six classes, in which 150 primary school children are taught as well as in three work shops.